Saturday, December 11, 2010

Apple Starts Using iTun.es Link Shortener for Tweets




Apple has started using the iTun.es link shortener for tweets from Ping.

When iTunes first began integrating Ping with Twitter it was thought that they would use this domain; however, up till today they have been using Twitter's own shortening service.


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Cydia is Coming to the Mac!




Apple is busily working to bring the App Store to the Mac and now Saurik has announced that he will be bringing Cydia to the Mac as well.

According to TUAW, Saurik presented at 360|MacDev giving an overview of his upcoming jailbreak store for Mac OS X, Cycript, and Cydia Substrate.

Currently, Cydia Installer has been used by about 10% of all iPhone users, or about 10 million devices. There are well over 30,000 packages available for iOS, and a lot of open source material can be downloaded from Cydia. He refers to Cydia as a store for things that are not apps, but extensions of what iOS devices can do.

Freeman felt that the same type of store would be useful for Mac OS X devices; the result is a Mac Cydia, which will be available "within weeks." With today's news that the Mac App Store will not support in-app purchases, something that is critical to the freemium app model that is so successful in the iOS world, a Mac Cydia might be just the web store for a number of Mac developers.

Those developers interested in getting their app on the Cydia Store for Mac can contact contact patrick at saurikit.com.

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Apple Bidding on Nortel's Patent Assets?




Apple is reportedly one of several big players bidding for Nortel's patent assets that are being sold in a rare intellectual-property portfolio sale following Nortel's bankruptcy, according to Reuters.

Sources expect the sale to draw wireless telecom newcomers Apple and Google, which want to build up patent war chests as they fight incumbents such as Nokia, which want to protect their patent positions, in the courts.

"There has been one round of bidding on those patents, this has been completed," said one source, who declined to be identified because the process is private. "And what Nortel has done is divide the patents up into different lots covering different kinds of technologies."

Nortel holds more than 4,000 patents which could be worth more than one billion dollars. The patents have reportedly be grouped into six "buckets" of related technologies. Final bids are due within several weeks.



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Incase Snap Battery Case for the iPhone 4




The Incase Snap Battery Case for the iPhone 4 provides extra power while keep your device as slim as possible.

Precision engineered to be the slimmest battery case for iPhone 4, the Snap Battery Case features an integrated 900 mAh battery and durable hardshell construction for increased battery life and reliable protection. The built-in 30-Pin connector enables seamless iPhone 4 charging and syncing. The LED power indicator displays charge level and the control button allows on/off switching.

Features:
● Integrated 900 mAh battery
● Durable hardshell construction with soft-touch coating
● Built-in female 30-Pin connector
● LED power indicator and control button
● Includes 30-Pin to USB cable
● Impact protection on all four corners
● Direct access to all device features

Extended iPhone Battery Life:
● Up to 40% extended battery life
● Standby Time - up to 120 hours
● Talk Time - up to 3 hours
● Audio Playback - up to 16 hours

You can purchase the Incase Snap Battery Case for $59.95.

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HP Makes 6 More Printers AirPrint Compatible




HP has released a firmware update to make six more printers compatible with AirPrint.

Apple's AirPrint allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers to print wirelessly to a local printer on their wireless network through an embedded OS print function.

The update is available for the following printers:
- Officejet 6500A e-AiO5
- Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO5
- Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO5
- Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO5
- Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO5
- Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-AiO5

If you don't have an officially support printer you might try something like Printopia.



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Gorillaz to Drop iPad Album on Christmas Day




The new Gorillaz album recorded entirely on the iPad will be released free on Christmas Day, according to The Courier-Mail.

Damon recorded the album entirely on his trusty iPad while on last month's US tour. A video for one of the new songs will be released on Christmas Eve, with the album to follow the next day.

Damon wants it known that the music was recorded entirely on the tablet device without the assistance of any traditional studio equipment.

"I wanted to make sure that it came out at the end of the tour because I don't want anyone to think I'd tampered with it," he said.


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Firemint Announces Real Racing 2 Will Be Available December 16th




Firemint has announced that Real Racing 2 will be available on December 16th for $9.99.

Real Racing 2 features include:
● 30 officially licensed cars
● 16 car grid against AI, and 16 player online racing – an iOS first
● Career mode with well over 10 hours gameplay and a range of event types
● Earn in-game currency to buy and sell cars, and buy upgrades
● 5 game modes: Career Mode, Quick Race, Time Trial, Local Multiplayer (8 players), Online Multiplayer (16 players)
● 15 locations with 40 miles of highly detailed race track
● Vehicle damage
● Online Save Game
● Game Center and Cloudcell integration, multiple profiles
● Wide range of control options
● HUD with minimap that can be turned on or off
● 5 camera angles including fully 3D cockpit view, and TV style replays
● Powered by Firemint’s exclusive Mint3D™ engine

Take a look at the trailer below...



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Reuters Reiterates Rear-Facing Camera for iPad 2




Reuters is reporting that the iPad 2 will have a both front and rear-facing cameras and be slimmer, lighter and have a better resolution display.

Component suppliers for Apple Inc's iPad are gearing up for a new round of production in the first quarter, sources said on Friday, with one saying the product will be a revamp of the popular tablet computer including front- and back-mounted cameras.

Previous reports have also predicted a rear-facing camera. Yesterday a supposed case for the iPad 2 was discovered online. The case has a space for the camera in the upper left hand corner.




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Security Consultant to Unveil New Jailbreak Process Next Week




Security consultant Stefan Esser is set to unveil a new jailbreak method and utility that fortifies iDevices with ASLR, according to the Register.

Esser will present his new jailbreak process at the Power of Community Security Conference on December 14 in Seoul, South Korea. A new tool called "Antid0te" will simplify the procedure.

ASLR makes your device more resistant to malware attacks by randomizing the memory locations where injected code is executed.

"When you jailbreak it, it breaks a lot of security of a normal iPhone," hacker Charlie Miller told The Reg. "With Stefan's stuff, now maybe it's an option, if you're a security-conscious person, to still jailbreak your phone because you can pick up ASLR, which is going to make it a lot harder to do exploits."

"This enables users with jailbroken iPhones to create their own set of dyld_shared_cache files that have completely different library load addresses from every other iPhone in the world," Esser wrote in an email. "This is already a better ASLR than what exists on Snow Leopard because different applications can use different shared caches and therefore different load addresses."

We'll keep you up to date with more information as it develops...



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iFiles Adds Amazon S3 and AirPrint Support




iFiles a popular file manager for iOS has been updated with Amazon S3 and AirPrint support.

iFiles is a file manager, document viewer, text editor, voice recorder, wifi drive, and more for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch. Transfer files from your computer, carry them around with you, and share them with your friends.

Using iFiles is easy. Just swipe left or right over a file or folder cell to display a popup menu. Simply tap your selection and you’re ready to go. You can even view and modify properties, labels and icons.

EMAIL
Send documents as email attachments directly from iFiles using iPhones email accounts.

POPUP MENU
Swipe left or right over a file/folder cell to display popup menu.

VOICE RECORDER
iFiles has build-in Voice recorder

PROPERTIES
View and change folder and files properties. Color label and icon can be changed.

SHARING
Share files with other users of iFiles over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

PDF
Open PDF files using very fast viewer that supports very large and password protected files.

SECURE
Remote access can be secured with password and local with passcode.

ONLINE SERVICES
- Google Docs
- MobileMe
- Box.net
- Dropbox
- Flickr
- Picasa
- Facebook
- WebDav

PERFORM FILE OPERATIONS
- Move, Copy, Rename, Delete, and create New Folder
- Zip and Unzip
- Email (directly from iFiles using iPhones email accounts)
- Share files with other users over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth(iPhone to iPhone/iPod Touch)
- View and change properties
- Save images to Photo Library
- Create new Voice Recordings
- Take Photos, record movies or import from Library
- Create and edit text files

FILE FORMATS
- iWorks (Pages, numbers, Keynote) ’08 and ’09 (with or without Preview)
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- HTML web pages and Web archives (web pages downloaded by Safari)
- PDF Documents.
- RTF (Rich Text Format) and RTFD.
- Plain text with auto-detection of character encoding. Text files can also be edited.
- Movies (supported file formats by iPhone: MP4, MOV, MPV, 3GP, M4V)
- Audio (WAV, MP3, M4A, CAF, AIF, AIFF, ACC)
- Images (JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF, ICO, CUR, XBM)

What's New In This Version:
- Text files can now be created/edited directly in the cloud, supported by most services.
- Text editor has more configuration options, like background and text color.
- Support for AirPrint printing (requires iOS 4.2 and an AirPrint compatible printer or software)
- Bug fixes and improvements to Google Docs.
- Sort popup menu now has ascending/descending options.
- Video playback now supports monitor dock connector.
- Amazon S3 Support.

You can purchase iFiles from the App Store for $2.99.














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Google Docs Desktop Editor Now Works on iPad




Google has announced that their desktop documents editor is compatible with the iPad.

The new mobile editor is fast and lightweight, but sometimes you want to make more style edits like changing a font, or center aligning a paragraph. If you’re on an iPad, you can do that by visiting the Desktop version of the document editor.

If you want to insert formulas in a Google spreadsheet from your iPad, you can use the same trick. Just click Go to spreadsheet view at the top of the mobile view to try out the full version of Google spreadsheets. You can now insert formulas in from the editable formula bar.






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Mac App Store Will Not Have In App Purchases or Game Center?




Apple has informed App Store developers that the Mac App Store will not feature In App Purchases or Game Center, according to 9to5Mac.

Apple seems to be limiting Mac App Store features: Yesterday we found out that promo codes would not be available for the Mac App Store and we recently found out that demos, betas, and trials would not be allowed either.

"Note: In app purchases are not available for Mac OS X apps."

"Note: Game Center is not available for Mac OS X apps"

The Mac App Store is expected to launch in sometime in January of 2011.



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Google Instant Now Available on International iOS4 Devices




Google has announced that Google Instant is now available to international iOS 4 users.

Today we’re happy to let you know that Google Instant for mobile is now available in 28 languages and 40 countries worldwide. If you have an Android 2.2+ or iOS4 device, just go to google.com in your mobile browser and you will be redirected to your local domain. Then, tap the Google Instant link beneath the search box to enable it.







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